Lorna Reid playing at The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh with a great quartet on stage with her consisting of Konrad Wiszniewski, (sax) Campbell Normand (piano), John Allan (bass) and Jim Drummond (drums) marked a welcome 2017 return for one of our favourite singers and some of our favourite jazz musicians.
Taking a walk through the back catalogues of classic jazz and blues songs plus the “Great American Songbook”, this show let Lorna lend some classic jazz vocals to songs like “I like A Little Sugar In my Bowl”, “ I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “The Lady Is a Tramp”. Add to that some original Lorna Reid songs like “Someone Brought Me an Angel” and “Sacrifice Me” given classic jazz arrangements, and it all added up to a great first meeting of the year with Lorna and her band. Lorna’s original songs (many written in styles other than jazz or blues) always remind us that there is a talented writer here as well as one of Scotland’s best jazz vocalists.
As always, Konrad Wiszniewski, (sax) stands out for me too. Lorna’s vocals and Konrad’s sax were just made to go together and both seem to understand exactly when to support one another on stage and to improvise any tune as needed to get the best out of one another.
As always, with Lorna though, it’s not just the vocals, but the timing and delivery of the song plus an ability to just put an audience at ease and into the music very quickly. All talents seemed to be working very well in a very busy Jazz Bar tonight.
The Lorna Reid Quintet are at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on Thursday 27th April. Put it in your diary. More details at
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